Convinced, fully persuaded, or positive: to be sure of a person's guilt. Worthy of confidence; reliable; stable: a sure messenger.
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English SUR(e), from Middle French SUR, Old French spur, from Latin secures “carefree”; see secure Sure, certain, confident,positive indicate full belief and trust that something is true.
Sure, the simplest and most general, expresses mere absence of doubt. Certain suggests that there are definite reasons that have freed one from doubt.
Confident emphasizes the strength of the belief or the certainty of expectation felt. Positive implies emphatic certainty, which may even become overconfidence or dogmatism.
“They sure took the Sony thing seriously,” Atkinson said dryly. To be sure, Jefferson did share the credit, but not in the way such a resolution might be interpreted.
Not sure if you noticed, but 2014 has been a banner year for animal robots. To be sure, there were some ashes and a little dirt in the soup, but that was not regarded as important.
England must win this game to be sure of qualifying. Sure is often used in negative statements and questions, because there is some doubt or worry over the matter.
Confident is a stronger and more definite word than sure and is more often used in positive statements, when you feel no worry. It is slightly more formal than sure ; sure is more frequent, especially in spoken English.
Sure certain to happen or be true; that can be trusted or relied on: She’s sure to be picked for the team. Topics Doubt, guessing and certainty b1 that can be trusted or relied on It's a sure sign of economic recovery.
Sure certain to happen or be true; that can be trusted or relied on: She’s sure to be picked for the team. steady and confident We admired her sure touch at the keyboard.
Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French SUR, from Latin secures ‘free from care’. In spoken English and plus another verb can be used instead of to and the infinitive: Be sure and call me tomorrow.
Something that is likely to happen, to succeed or to be suitable He's a good bet to earn a spot on the US team. Clothes are a safe bet as a present for a teenager.
The movie looks like a sure bet for Best Film. To make doubly sure they would not be disturbed she turned the key in the lock.